“Auld Lang Syne”

“Auld Lang Syne”

Dear Friends,

Year 2019 has come to an end, now the New Year enfolds in our sight.

I thought often find myself at some New Year Party singing “Auld Lang Syne”, as I am sure so many of us do during the holiday season.

But have you ever wondered what it really meant? The famous phrase translates to days gone by. This popular song so many of us sing or hear on New Year came from an old Scottish song, it was a very old song that many couldn’t even remember until Robert “Robbie” Burns, a Scottish poet collected it from an old man and brought it back to life by 1788.

The phrase “Auld Lang Syne” has previously appeared in similar poems by Robert Ayton (1570-1638), Allan Ramsay (1686-1757), and James Watson (1711) to name a few.

In his manuscript for “Auld Lang Syne”, Burns added a few phrases to modernize it about drinking with your old friends and it became the song we all know of today.

The song begins by asking if the new year means we should move on and let go of not just our old acquaintance but the past, “Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?”

It seems nostalgic and sad but ends on a positive note encouraging us to embrace the past and moving forward into the year, inviting a friend to join hands to rejoice and cheer for the sake of good times. By ending the song with “And there’s a hand my trusty fiere! and gie’s a hand o’ thine! And we’ll tak a right gude-willie waught, for auld lang syne.”

Our pasts are what shape us into who we are; that includes the good and the bad. We’re a compilation of the people who have been in and out of our lives and the events that transpired. So, we cheer to the days gone by, as 2019 has come to close and we begin anew into 2020.

From our team at Dapper Bird Entertainment, families, and friends, we wish you and your loved ones a Happy New Year!

And to all, a Very Merry Christmas!

And to all, a Very Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone,

It happens to be the time of cheers and celebration. A time to be merry and to wish you all lots of love, laughter, health, and goodness, as we all prepare for the New Year!
This year has been full of excitement and new ventures, it has had also ups and downs, but like most, we had to raise up, dust it off, and continue the walk.
In our path, we’ve met new people, old friends, four legged ones, and those who just passed us by, but at the end of the day, we treasured them all and we want to Thank You!

We are grateful for inviting us into your lives, for spending a few hours together, for all we’ve shared and for all your support. Know that we work to create moments that our families, friends, and neighbors will remember and enjoy for a lifetime.

In honor to those who have left us, we want to remember you and preserve your legacy, teachings, and wisdom. We hope that wherever you are, you are still proud of us, that we continue with you in our hearts and let you know that our world is a much better place because of you.

This year we had to say a few goodbyes but wanted you to know that your time with us was precious and because of your time and lessons, we are stronger, and we’ll thrive. And for those who cheated, lied, betrayed us or felt entitled to simply use us as step tools, we thank you and forgiven you, but please by all means carry on.

And for those whose sacrifices seemed to go unnoticed, or sometimes felt that some days were just too long, we wish you don’t lose hope and that you continue this journey with perseverance, enthusiasm, and a strong heart, knowing we all are in this together, we will win and reach our goals.

We are grateful for another magical year, times where we met people from other parts of the world, visited other countries, and spent time with those who made it possible for us to have unforgettable experiences as we continue.

Thank you for the pleasant surprises, we’re looking forward to more exciting times in this New Year.

We wish to all friends, families, and foes the best, health and good times! Be kind to one another, enjoy the little moments, and the big ones too.

From our family at Dapper Bird Entertainment to yours and to all, a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

Happy Holiday’s!

Happy Holiday’s!

Hello Everyone!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we at Dapper Bird Entertainment want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday’s. This year we have so much to be grateful for, from our team to our clients, we are so impressed by everyone’s hard work!

In the wise words of Vincent Van Gogh, “Great things are done by a series of small things done together.” It is incredibly important to remember, especially during the holiday season; that working in harmony with one another is essential to overcoming stressful times that may arise. Falling into the stress of completing our tasks over the holidays can rob us of special time with family members and moments that we may never get to experience again. If we focus on trying to impress everyone around us and complete everything by ones self, we miss out on the most important holiday joy of simply spending time with those we love.

This holiday, Dapper Bird wants to remind everyone that although the holidays can feel overwhelming, the true joy comes from being with one another and helping those around us!

Happy Holiday’s from all of us at Dapper Bird Entertainment!

Season’s Greetings 2017 – Thank You for:

Season’s Greetings 2017 – Thank You for:

Sticking around during the good and not so good times!

Entertaining the idea and thought that we all can make a difference in this ever-changing world!

Allowing us to be part of your lives and homes, one story at a time!

Surprising us with your wit, your gifts, your company, your friendship, your smiles and your love!

Outstanding support, helping hand, and priceless collaboration while sharing hard work!

Never stopping giving us your talent, willingness, and loving charity you offered to those in need!

So much love to celebrate a time of hopes, dreams, and cheers with family and friends!

Graciously giving up your time of rest to assist those who couldn’t and needed help!

Remembering to share, to participate and to give before receiving, by putting others before you!

Enthusiasm and cheers to your fellow actors, agents, and others that work behind the scenes!

Eternal light, your shine that made possible to see the fruits of a full year of work!

Taking the time to work, to learn, and to give a voice to those who were silent for so long!

Interpreting and portraying the pain and lives of those who were before your time, but you still remember and praise!

Nudging off the obstacles we encountered in our paths and tried to divert us from grace and a successful future!

Giving to the next generation a chance to grow in a better world, where love will always prevail!

Standing tall, and for all the differences you’ve made in each and everyone of us!

Happy Holidays & Prosperous New Year!

 

Our own ATOMIC BLONDE….Faneal Godbold

Our own ATOMIC BLONDE….Faneal Godbold


Bold…… Godbold to you!

Trained in just about everything one might need to be the next Bond, Faneal Godbold has exceptional training. Her skills include Police/Detective work, Tactical Driving, Fire Arms, SWAT Protocol, and Sniper Experience.

Our own Atomic Blonde will get your heart pumping and on the edge of your seat. She’s got the armor of a trained fighter, and the softness of a caring woman who knows when to kick some justice into those who break the law or disturb the peace among her peers. In the era of Bourne, Bond, Mad Max and John Wicks, we are proud to work with a rising star; or should I say, a shooting star! Faneal has paid her dues, and proved to be a hard working actor with a faithful dedication to her craft and duties.

The tall blonde, blue-eyed, Godbold, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. After joining a drama program in middle school, she discovered her love for acting. She took advantage of the pre-adolescent aura and co-wrote and starred in several plays featuring her chums. This became a fuel that would forever ignite her devotion in acting and whatever task she had at hand.

As she grew up, she decided to put her acting niche on hold, pursued sports and eventually went on to study Criminal Justice at Charleston Southern University, where she walked away with a bachelors degree. But acting was already boiling in her blood and was part of her DNA, while cramming for midterms and finals, Godbold rekindled the passion she had for the performing arts.

Life after college was dangerously exciting for her, as her career in law nudged her to train extensively with tactical weapons and police procedures. “After several years in law enforcement, Faneal was approached by Investigate Discovery to film a segment on a murder that she has investigated,” (ref: Godbold’s website) Faneal’s passion and dedication rose to the max and acting merged with her work expertise, then, she knew, there was no running away from her calling.

When she’s not training or submitting for a role, she’s working hard as a team player. She’s not only great allied among the human kind, but of those four legged creatures that we share our lives with here on Earth. Faneal, a top level officer of the law and outstanding actress donates to cancer, animals, and multiple sclerosis. She travels wherever and whenever necessary and her strong passion for acting and humanity shines throughout as it embraces the world.

Her experience extends to the world of film and television. Her television work includes shows such as: Nashville, Dick Kelly, Containment, Scorned: Killer Couples, Scorned: Love Kills, The Junkie King, and most recently, HAON. Godbold describes, “Steeped in the supernatural and brewed in immortality, “HAON” revolves around a little girl who could hold the key to immortality and the people who surround her that want to protect and/or exploit her abilities while bringing in elements of history.” Godbold plays Erica Strauss, a Chief of Security for The Society of Juvenile helpers founded by Jacob Aaron.

Though her television experience might be a mouthful, her film work is impressive. Her involvement begins with: Vacation, The Fifth Wave, Extreme the Movie, Bandages, The Brothers Statue, Manifest Destiny, Batman: Master of Fear, Nascent Nation- A Superman Story, and ends with her most recent project, In Utero. Godbold describes her role, “My character Zoe, is a broken woman, whose moral compass is askew in her search to become whole again. Heaven helps anyone that gets in her way, and what will become of her.” She continues, “A hardcore thriller which delves into the taboos and morays that define us and divide. The value of life, and the lengths one would go to if pushes to protect a life.”

The Film is a throwback to the grindhouse films of the 70’s (Last house on the Left and I Spit on Your Grave), with a modern edge.”

Godbold a star in the rising! Our own Atomic Blonde! Hollywood awaits!

*Article Written by Sylvia Valdez and Olga Aldama – Edited by Olga Aldama – Photos with permission by Faneal Godbold

 

The Extraordinary Ordinary – Natalie’s project

The Extraordinary Ordinary – Natalie’s project

It all begins with a story, then, you’ll get to know who’s behind it and the human side of it touches your heart, and then, boom! you’re hooked!

That was for me!

The Extraordinary Ordinary, a project by Natalie Rodriguez got me at hello!

Natalie communicated with me through mail, on a Sunday late afternoon back in June. At first, she went to a pile of unopened correspondence. Later, when I prepared my work calendar for the following week, I went back and read her story. Immediately, I could see this project carried a lot of heart and emotions, it talked about those people we encounter every day, in the subway, on the street, at the store, at our schools and jobs. Those people that we just catch a glance of, and don’t get to know much deeply after that.

Natalie’s project is about Erica, a character that embodies so much pain and despair, someone who holds inside so much that refrains her from being the independent, brilliant, and beautiful woman she really is. Erica survives every day, every minute of every day as she’s learned to live a life full of joys that cannot be fully appreciated because of a dark past that haunts her all the way.

To support her, Erica’s parents are over-bearing, intrusive and very far from helpful, although with all great intentions. On the other hand, Erica’s new friends present a false escape to her cruel reality. As a result, Erica reaches bottom, like many people whose battlefield is in their own mind, Erica tastes the ultimate defeat, and we all hope that she’ll be soon awakened to face those monsters that have been tormenting her for the longest.

Erica’s story is very relevant, very real and needs to be told. It’s through her that other lives can be saved, nurtured back to a better reality and given a chance to strive and succeed in a sometimes-cruel world. Her story reaches those who have battled in fear, in a darkness that many times consumes a person from the inside out. Those who have learned to behave in a crowded world, to walk among others with an invisible cloak, and most importantly to hide in plain sight. Those are the ones who fight a terrible war; their battlefield is in their mind.

The battle in the mind, does not discriminate. It can start as innocent as a simply panic attack, and then grow to become the authority to our actions and emotions. A mind it is a very powerful and dangerous zone to be in; many times, is the source of the most illustrious ideas but also be a source of total annihilation.

The Extraordinary Ordinary is a story of valor, strength and resilience. It talks about courage, love and forgiveness. It highlights a self-forgiveness, it invites us to look deep inside ourselves, to find a kind of love that no-one else can offer. When we pick up the pieces of a broken soul and heart, and we decide to carry on, it’s then, that we learn our pasts won’t define us but only strengthen us for a greater path in life, and a much rewarding future.

We thank you all who are supporters of a cause that brings light and a message of hope to those countless and many time anonymous who suffer in silent. Let’s tell them, it’s alright to feel incomplete, broken, and damaged, at least for a bit, and then, let’s show them there’s help, support and a friend on those who are here not to judge, not to condemn but to give an everlasting and never depleting: LOVE!

Thanks for all you who contribute to make a difference in the world, for those who hear our voices, and thanks to Natalie and her team for being so dedicated, courageous and wonderful, and for reaching out to us. It’s a pleasure!

We appreciate all your support, visit us at https://www.seedandspark.com/fund/the-extraordinary-ordinary

@TheExtraOrdFilm 

@NatChrisRod

Let’s go to the Theater….

Let’s go to the Theater….

Friends:

It’s that time again to meet us at the theater as we are gratefully proud of our talented and skillful Star; Lauren Han.

Lauren; an Actress and Singer is a beautiful soul inside a more beautiful woman! She has the face of innocence and virtue, the voice of an angel, and the strength of a mighty heroine. She sings and your spirit is awakened, it is transported to a new realm; among the clouds, reaching high with every note, up and up, where our Universe meets an infinite glorious space and other universes reside.

Lauren is part of a great cast on the Musical play “Son of Man” this September 29 and 30th, 2017.

Details below, and for more information and tickets visit; http://ezekiel.la

Come join us for a time of fun, art, music, and talent at its best!

Thank you all!

'TIS ALMOST SHOWTIME EVERYBODY!!! Sept: 29th & 30th 8PMImagine the story of Jesus set in 1910, Japanese occupied Korea….

Posted by Lauren Han on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let’s Shake Things Up: Ken Knight

Let’s Shake Things Up: Ken Knight

“The hell- bent Dr. Faustus embraces Lucifer to gain knowledge, power, and a personal demon at the price of his soul. Marlowe’s work with a Punk tint examines the subversive nature of man against his own salvation,” reads the inviting flyer.

Kenneth Wesley Knight, who goes by Ken, is the director of Doctor Faustus, a play by Christopher Marlowe. “Playwright, poet; Christopher Marlowe was at the forefront of the 16th century dramatic renaissance. His work influenced William Shakespeare and generations of to follow,” as described on biography.com. Marlowe’s notable work includes The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus.

Faustus portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

The qualitative cast of six includes: Bad Angel, Good Angel, Valdez, Cornelius, Faustus, and Mephistopheles. The good angel is a representation of Faustus’s urge to repent, while on the other hand, the bad angel, is his desire to continue his sinning ways. The Angels are merely thoughts Faustus has with himself; which keep his soul split.

Bad Angel portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.
Good Angel portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the original text written by Marlowe, Mephistopheles is played by a male. Knight went with another direction, by introducing the character as a she. Mephistopheles’s loyalty lies with Lucifer.

Mephistopheles portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

While dealing with the push and pull of selling his soul to the devil, Faustus makes two friends, Valdez and Cornelius who teach him the art of black magic. In the end, the bad angel, wins, and Faustus ends up selling his soul to Lucifer.

Valdez + Cornelius portrayed in Ken Knights’s Doctor Faustus.

 

Knight answered self-assured when asked how he thought of the modern take on Doctor Faustus. “The Punk idea came from previous shows I’ve done. When I do a piece of theater, I like to start with a piece of music, an era that would work well, and given the anarchistic nature of the show, what’s the genre that shakes things up and causes problems. “Marlowe; he liked to shake things up and cause problems.” When asked what he would like his audience to gain from attending his shows, he boldly states, “to have a good time. To be entertained.”

“As a textual nerd, it’s my mission to spread the good gospel of Shakespeare and Marlowe,” gleefully expresses Knight. Knight is no stranger to complex texts, having completed a masters program in English Literature. “The instant approval, the laughter, started at the age of 15 [love for theater].” When asked how he managed to materialize this play, Knight starts from the beginning, “I read the script a couple of years ago, and had been wanting to do it for about three years. I met Brando Kutz, [Co-Artistic Director], about two and a half years ago and knew he would be perfect for Faustus.” When Knight isn’t reading up on English Renaissance, he’s working on his writing and acting, as a  SAG- AFTRA member.

Director of Doctor Faustus, Ken Knight